Mary JAne Madigan
Published: February 21, 2013
Mary Jane Madigan died peacefully on February 19, 2013, at Presbyterian Village surrounded by loving family and her companion poodle, "Punkin." She had recently celebrated her 90th birthday and is predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Jim Madigan, and her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Ted Richardson.
The valedictorian of her Central High School class, she attended Texas State Women's University and the University of Chicago, graduating with a Masters in Social Work. Summers were spent on Old River Lake in Scott, Arkansas, horseback riding and swimming. Mary Jane married Jim Madigan, CPA, in 1947 and raised five children.
Her accomplishments include: President of St. Vincent Women's Auxiliary; coordinator for infant placement for Florence Crittendon Home; Little Rock Rose Society Member; consulting Rosarian for the state; President and long time member of the Little Rock Garden Club; and a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader.
Her enduring passion was gardening. She planted and maintained the rose beds at the Pulaski County Court House for many years. At one time, her own yard included 150 rose bushes from which she shared fragrant blooms with friends and family. A lover of music, Mary Jane could be found on Saturday afternoons listening to the Texaco Opera on the radio.
She was a knowledgeable member of Bible Study Fellowship. Mary Jane was an avid golfer, astute bridge player and world traveler, enjoying all of these with her husband. Her keen wit and love for entertaining benefited all who knew her. Other interests included photography, mystery fiction, art, history and antiques.
Mary Jane considered her greatest accomplishment with her husband to be their five children and their families. She is survived by children: Chris Madigan (Nancy) of Albuquerque, N.M.; Sallie Holliman (Robert) of Cameron Park, Calif.; Kathy Muehlman (Ray) of Charleston, W.Va.; Steve Madigan and Lissa Madigan, both of Little Rock; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Rev. Ted Richardson (Louise) of Fort Smith.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Ruebel Funeral Home, 6313 W. Markham, Little Rock 72205. Visitation will be held at Ruebel Funeral Home on Friday, February 22nd from 6-7:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, February 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St., Andrew, 617 Louisiana Street, Little Rock 72201. Private graveside service will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Pulaski County Humane Society or to C.A.R.E. for Animals. www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.